Weekly Devotional

"Be transformed by the renewal of your mind"

Equipped With The Spirit

2016-07-31 by Sandor Kotzeff

But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Matthew 10: 19-20

  Jesus promised that after ascending back to heaven, we would not be left alone. Rather, left behind for us will be his Holy Spirit, a presence of his own power that would manifest through faithful men and women and allow his disciples to accomplish incredible feats. It was the power of The Holy Spirit that allowed the apostles to infiltrate deep into their mission fields and proclaim Christ's gospel to large numbers of people. Had it not been for The Holy Spirit's help, the story of Jesus would easily have been silenced by its oppressors. This Spirit of God aided individuals in spreading the good news of Christ then, and works the same way for us today.
God has a wonderful way of accomplishing his perfect work through imperfect people. Our mission as disciples is to let the world know about the saving power of Christ, and the sacrifice he made to accomplish it. The responsibility to do that rests on every single one of us. It may be that you don't believe you could ever convince somebody to trust in Jesus, either because you lack speaking skill or you don't want to offend anybody. To be blunt, God's message is very offensive. It offends against a persons natural tendency to be self reliant, self focused and in control of their own destiny. If it were that the advance of Christ's church hinged solely upon the work of the human tongue, there would be no church. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that reveals Christ to men and urges them to repent of their sins.
That being said, go tell somebody about Jesus and don't worry for a second about what you are going to say or what might happen if you say it! Your utter faithfulness will provide a perfect opportunity for The Holy Spirit to step in and do It's perfect work through you. Human effort will set the stage, but its the Spirit of God that will win the day.

     Father God, thank you so much for putting your Holy Spirit in my heart. Keep me filled with it so that there be no room for evil. Lay on my heart the things I need to say and do to win souls with you. And let others see Christ in me through the work of Your Spirit. For Jesus sake, Amen.